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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Dear Beloved, A PERTINENT QUESTION LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? (Psalm 15:1, NIV). In this part of the world going to
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 9, 2007
      Dear Beloved,


      LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
      (Psalm 15:1, NIV).

      In this part of the world going to church is now familiar. Churches
      are springing up because more people patronize them. However, are all
      people going to church really go there to worship God? Are they
      qualified to be in God's presence? Is their worship acceptable to God?
      The psalmist did not only ask the same questions in Psalm 15 but gave
      eight qualifications to measure true worshippers.

      The first qualification is blamelessness (v.2a). In his/her living in
      this world, he/she should be without guilt. It is not that he/she
      would be sinless, but he/she will be above suspicion. Righteous living
      is the second qualification (v.2b). He/she would be righteous in
      whatever he/she does. The third qualification is truthfulness (v.2c).
      He/she would not be known for falsehood or half-truth, but be trusted
      for anything he/she says. The fourth qualification is goodness (v.3b).
      The person would be good to everyone around him/her. He/she would not
      do wrong things to other people. The fifth qualification is honoring
      those that fear God (v.4b). Such person would hold believers in high
      esteem, especially the faithful servants of God. Integrity is the
      sixth qualification (v.4b). He/she would keep his/her words even when
      it is difficult to do. His/her yes would be yes and no no. The
      seventh qualification is kindness (v.5a). He/she would be ready to
      help others willingly without thinking of any gain from such help.
      He/she would be compassionate and selfless. The eighth qualification
      is incorruptibility (v.5b). He/she would be so honest that he/she
      would not accept bribe or be involved in any corrupt practice.

      Slander is a vice that such person that would be in God's presence
      should avoid (v.3). The person would not insult his/her fellow human
      being. Another word used for this vice in the same verse is "to slur"
      which can also mean to disgrace, to smear, to slight, etc.

      The psalmist concluded that any one who has all these qualifications
      will be established forever (v.5b).

      Jesus Christ sums it up this way, "God is spirit, and his worshipers
      must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24, NIV). As you are
      reading this write-up, are you qualified to be in God's presence? Are
      you qualified to be in God's presence? What a pertinent question!

      In His service,

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
      +234 805 515 9591

      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will
      have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted
      in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
      AND TO DIE IS GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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